Cool Stuff,  Writing


hello from the music side of the world (blog)!

i just wanted to share with you guys a little something that has been happening with my new band ZOLA. a few months ago now, i was asked to join this groovy new christian band. it’s been such a good time getting to play music together and to work on the recording of ZOLA’s debut EP. i wanted to let you know where you can listen/purchase and enjoy some new music. this is the website:

it’s always interesting being a part of a new band. it’s funny how dynamics can change, and personalities and come through or be withdrawn. at the moment captain chris is at the forefront of writing the tunes, and we basically jam them out to a point we feel they could be recorded and played live. but it’s still so fresh and new for me (especially considering i have been away over a month! yikes!) and i am excited to let you know how our writing process is going and what new music we have coming up! anyway, enjoy and please let me know what you think!

dan xx


Inspiration,  Lyrics,  Writing

lyrics. lyrics lyrics lyrics.

i tell you, they are one of the biggest obstacles that i face. but i think honestly, i haven’t worked hard enough in this area. i do believe that there are very poetic people in this world, and sentence-forming is something that comes not just naturally but smoothly to them! it’s a bit unfair, but then again, we all have our strengths. and our weaknesses, and i think for me this is one of them! so i thought i’d do some thinking out loud, well, type as i think, and go over some lyrics of who i think really have the gift of the gab-in-song.




firstly would be brooke fraser. now if ever you need a menial task to sound romantic, ask brooke. these are the lyrics to her song ‘sailboats'(which is hardly menial, but a real love song) off her ablum FLAGS.

We’re adrift on a sailboat,
My love is the sea.
Yours is the horizon, constant and steady.

You set my limbs locked hard afloat,
Lifted my lonesome sail.

The tide is out, the moon is high,
We’re sailing.

Darling you love is healing,
It makes the bitter sweet.
Warms the winter to spring again, secures the cold’s defeat.
We’re cutting anchor, casting out,
In to the glorious deep.

The tide is out, the moon is high,
We’re sailing.

When we’ve succumb to decrepitude.
Still our love will remain in it’s youth.

The tide is out, the moon is high,
We’re sailing.We’re sailing. We’re sailing.

after reading through i’ve kind of thought to myself, the lyrics are not as striking as when they’re backed by her beautiful tone and tasteful melody. however there are a few things, that really, i just would not think to do. firstly i think my best friend could be a thesaurus. succumb isn’t a word i find in my daily vocabulary, and i actually had to look up what decrepitude meant. the way you form the line is just so crutial! for example when we’ve succumb to decrepitude. could also be said as, when we give in to feeling weak. mmm. i also don’t think it’s very often that we hear a really good metaphor in a song without it sounding way too cheesy. and let’s be honest, describing your love as an ocean has definitely been overdone, yet brooke brings a freshness to it and a real classiness so that you imagine yourself on a sailboat! i don’t know, perhaps my judgment would have been different had i not heard the song before really inspecting the lyrics?

i guess my main point in all of this, is just how much i need to develop my lyrics. it is possible to rhyme without sounding like dr seuss! often when i write, i find myself getting stuck in a bit of a rut! i just need one more line to finish the phrase, yet nothing is natural nothing is flowing so i make up some ridiculous cliche line that we have all heard a thousand times, and instead of revising the song a week later, (with a thesaurus!) i deem that song as no good. i’m going to stop that.

anyway, have a listen to this beautiful song here, and appreciate it as the whole package!

i’ll be back with another lyrical genius soon.

dan xx


Covers,  Writing



(random wedding shot)

so i’ve just launched a soundcloud for myself. not sure how much use it’s going to get at this stage, but the plan is to put many demos/previews of stuff that i am working on. currently the only thing on there is a cover i did with a couple of friends from waapa in hope that we would get a few pub gigs out of it. and we did. but i don’t think the pub life is for me anymore. i have had every intention to really work on my own stuff this year and develop some sort of style or sound that i can own. but i have not been committed enough, and definitely been too easily discouraged. i just have to realise that it may take some time for me to really produce something that i love. and speaking of producing, that’s another factor. i have a recording program i just don’t have anywhere to set up a midi keyboard and even make some sort of lame excuse for a track. so i just resort to my piano. and i don’t know, but i think there’s only so far you can take your songwriting sitting on the same old piano. i need to get a bit more active, and that is what i plan to do.

so i vow to you, readers of caboodle street, and those interested in my ‘studio’, that i will have some work for you. i will spend my spare time not playing candy crush (darn that stupid unintelligent game), or practicing my makeup with nowhere to go, or even watching pretty little liars. i will spend my time in some sort of strange den that i will create for myself, to really get in tha zone and pump out some sweet sounds. well they might not be sweet, but they will be sounds. that i can guarantee.

in the meantime, i will mostly be posting about how i’m going/struggling with writing lyrics and who is doing it right. for me they’re the biggest mountain to climb. also i’ll show you what sounds i’m loving, and probably many youtube links. so if you feel like hearing a pretty humble version of wonderwall (oasis), or you need a band for your pub, please click here and enjoy my soundcloud.

dan xx